Spain Discovery: Update #2

Dear Friends and Families,

After our hectic few days in Barcelona, we boarded an early morning flight on Sunday to head to the southern part of Spain, a city called Granada in the Andalusian state of the country.

We were greeted in Granada by a beautiful view of the most famous building in the southern part of Spain, the Alhambra. It is an old fortress that was in perfect view from the Mirador San Nicholas and we were able to appreciate its beauty!

Following an early bed time after a long day, we were set for a busy Monday in the  heat of Granada.

Our first activity of the day was to hike the Sierra Nevada mountains, but an unexpected surprise awaited us after we had boarded the bus. An unknowing car had parked so our bus was unable to take the turn necessary to get out of the hotel driveway!

As a result, we ended up having impromptu play time in the park just outside of our hotel. From cards, to napping, to ultimate frisbee, we found a way to keep ourselves quite entertained during this delay. As we were calling for help and directing the traffic around our bus, the car mysteriously disappeared just as quickly as it arrived and we were off!

We started on a one-hour bus journey to the mountain range. Upon arrival we took a connecting trip of cable cars and ski lifts to ascend the mountain. A brief break for some high quality photographs was followed by a hike further up this stunning piece of nature. The view went on for miles thanks to the clear blue skies above us!

Once we made it back to the bus, we were on our way back to Granada for a pizur lunch in the heart of the city. We braved the heat so that we could consume pizza to paella to tapas and everything in between.

After freshening up a bit, we were on our way to Sacromonte outside of the city center for a traditional Spanish meal and some good old fashioned flamenco dancing. We enjoyed tortilla de patatas, pan con tomate, and a delicious pastry to fill us up before the show.

We were then ushered into a long narrow room that appeared to be a well lit cave. Once there, we were treated to a beautiful rendition of Flamenco by local performers that was as intense as it was beautiful.

The following day was the 4th of July as well as a long travel day to Gibraltar. As a member of the United Kingdom, we were pleased to get a reprieve from our two week long Spanish test.

Our hotel provided us a nice breakfast before sending us on our merry way. Before getting too far down the road we did have a few matters to take care of. Given that it was the 4th of July we enjoyed activities to celebrate the holiday even in a foreign country:  Gabriel Pujol led the group in a rousing rendition of the Star Spangled Banner, followed by some American history questions to keep our minds sharp over the summer and test our patriotism.

After two hours of driving through the hills of Southern Spain we decided to take a pit stop at a couple of unique venues…

The first was a crocodile park which is quite literally a park filled with hundreds of crocodiles. After a brief demonstration and a few jump scares we headed over to Aqualand, the Wisconsin Dells of Andalusia.

In Aqualand we rode slides, took a stroll down the lazy river, and grabbed some lunch in a refreshing break from the Spanish sun.

Continuing the American theme of the day, we stopped at none other than McDonalds just prior to crossing over into Gibraltar. As they say, there’s no better way to celebrate the 4th than under the Golden Arches.

After the detour we crossed over into Gibraltar by way of a street that goes over the runway to the airport. It was quite a scene and quickly brought us in to view of the beautiful rock that makes Gibraltar such a can’t-miss destination in these parts.

We were kindly visited by a Jewish member of the Gibraltar parliament, Marlen Hassan-Nahon. She also happens to be the daughter of the first Mayor and Chief Minister of Gibraltar, Joshua Hassan. She spoke to us about the history and current events of the country along with the rich Jewish history the land had experienced over the years.

After that, we enjoyed a nice kosher meal  – vegetable soup, chicken and hamburgers. Believe it or not, it’s rather tough to find kosher meat in Spain so this was quite the treat after almost a week in España!

It’s sad to think that we’re almost halfway done with this trip, but we can’t wait for the sights and experiences we have yet to come on Spain Discovery…

More to come!

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